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Chestnut-faced babbler (Zosterornis whiteheadi)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterornis
Ogilvie-Grant, 1894
Type species
Zosterornis whiteheadi (chestnut-faced babbler)

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Zosterornis is a genus of passerine birds in the white-eye family Zosteropidae. The five species in the genus are endemic to the Philippines.


The genus Zosterornis was introduced in 1894 by the Scottish ornithologist William Robert Ogilvie-Grant to accommodate his newly described species, the chestnut-faced babbler, which thus becomes the type species.[1][2] The name combines the Ancient Greek zōstēr meaning "belt" with ornis meaning "bird".[3]

These species were formerly included in the genus Stachyris in the Old World babblers family Timaliidae.[4] They were moved to their own genus Zosterornis in the white-eye family Zosteropidae based on molecular phylogenetic studies published in the first decade of the 21st century.[5][6]

The genus contains the following five species:[7]


  1. ^ Ogilvie-Grant (1894). "Descriptions of new species of Philippine birds". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 3 (19): 49–51 [50].
  2. ^ Dickinson, E.C.; Christidis, L., eds. (2014). The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. Vol. 2: Passerines (4th ed.). Eastbourne, UK: Aves Press. p. 517. ISBN 978-0-9568611-2-2.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 414. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Mayr, Ernst; Paynter, Raymond A. Jr, eds. (1964). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 10. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 302.
  5. ^ Cibois, A.; Kalyakin, M.V.; Lian-Xian, H.; Pasquet, E. (2002). "Molecular phylogenetics of babblers (Timaliidae): revaluation of the genera Yuhina and Stachyris". Journal of Avian Biology. 33 (4): 380–390. doi:10.1034/j.1600-048X.2002.02882.x.
  6. ^ Zhang, S.; Yang, L.; Yang, X.; Yang, J. (2007). "Molecular phylogeny of the yuhinas (Sylviidae: Yuhina): a paraphyletic group of babblers including Zosterops and Philippine Stachyris". Journal of Ornithology. 148 (4): 417–426. doi:10.1007/s10336-007-0150-4.
  7. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (August 2022). "Sylviid babblers, parrotbills, white-eyes". IOC World Bird List Version 12.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
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